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Rural co-operative resilience: the case of Malawi

Borda-Rodriguez, Alexander and Vicari, Sara (2014). Rural co-operative resilience: the case of Malawi. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 2(1) pp. 43–52.

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Underexplored and barely known, the Malawian co-operative movement has experienced serious challenges since its inception in 1946. Rural co-operatives in the country have endured crises and yet they are thriving in adverse circumstances. In this article we asked to what extent and in what ways rural Malawian co-operatives are resilient social and economic organisations? In the absence of a consolidated body of literature on ‘co-operative resilience’ we address this question by (1) reviewing the existing literature on co-operatives and identifying key factors that appear to be conducive to resilience and (2) by analysing extensive field data on four of the biggest co-operatives Unions in Malawi and establishing how they have coped with challenges. The field-based data and our literature findings shed new insights into the nature of resilience. Co-operative resilience is a long term processes, one based on reflexivity and interactions between members, leaders and national and international organisations. Resilient strategies developed by rural Malawian co-operatives are also outlined and explored.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 2213-297X
Keywords: Malawi; resilience; poverty; development; aid; co-operative unions; adaptive capacities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 40390
Depositing User: Alexander Borda-Rodriguez
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 09:20
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 11:58
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